Young girl in shark attack alert
A seven year old girl was bitten on the hand as she swam yesterday off San Juan beach in Alicante.
She was taken to Alicante's General Hospital where her condition was said to be serious after undergoing an operation.
Initial rumours that the injuries had been caused by a baby shark were soon dismissed, and the general opinion now is that she was bitten by a Bluefish.
The theory put forward by San Juan Health Councillor Juan Zaragoza is that the fish, which only feeds on other species, mistook the girl's hand for prey as generally the breed is not considered dangerous.
The photo shows Local Police officers involved in the operation to catch the fish as the beach was closed to the public. It is possible that it will be re-opened today, according to a town council spokesman.
Friday, July 14, 2006